Twenty times more heavy trucks planned for Toodyay Road

THOUSANDS more heavy trucks a year may be added to Toodyay Road – one of the WA’s worst for serious and fatal traffic accidents – due to planned new quarrying operations in Mundaring and Toodyay.
This is in addition to plans by Perth landfill company Opal Vale to add thousands more heavy trucks a year to Toodyay Road for a massive new tip for metropolitan garbage in Hoddy Well, which has been appealed by local residents.
Also on hold are plans for a 62sq/km bauxite mine stretching across Toodyay Road from Wundowie to the Avon River and less than a kilometre from the Morangup subdivision, which is home to more than 800 Shire of Toodyay residents.
The four projects threaten to turn large parts of the Perth Hills between Gidgegannup and Toodyay into a major new open-cut mining, quarrying and rubbish dumping province serviced by a heavy truck route through an area occupied by hundreds of residents on farms and rural ‘lifestyle’ blocks.
Mundaring shire is considering whether to allow a 20-fold increase in the size of two adjoining Bailup quarries which would add up to 33,000 more heavy trucks a year entering and leaving Toodyay Road near Dryandra Road.
The Mundaring shire has received 20 objections, including from the Morangup Progress Association on behalf of nearby Shire of Toodyay residents, and from the Regal Hill Water Supply Inc, which represents and supplies water to 65 land owners in the nearby Regal Hill Estate.
The gravel pit operator plans to increase production from 47,000 tonnes to nearly a million tonnes a year.
Average crushing will increase from 200 tonnes daily to up to 4000 tonnes a day.
The size of thousands of extra trucks loads on Toodyay Road will also increase from 20-40 tonnes to 50 tonnes per vehicle, five days a week.
Main Roads WA says the Bailup quarry expansion “is acceptable subject to conditions”, including a new turn-off and road widening – to be paid for by the applicant – where the gravel trucks enter Toodyay Road and better sight lines for trucks turning right into Toodyay Road.
This is in addition to a further 800 heavy trucks using Toodyay Road six days a week each year at another quarry near Lovers Lane, Toodyay.
The Toodyay Shire Council last month approved the Toodyay quarry despite objections from residents in a nearby rural residential subdivision, some within 500 metres of the rock, sand and gravel site.
The Shire of Toodyay said Main Roads WA was consulted about the Toodyay quarry and had raised no objections to more heavy trucks from the site using Toodyay Road.
The Toodyay quarry will operate six days a week – including Saturdays – from 6am to 5pm and will involve blasting and crushing operations, and heavy truck movements from 7am.
The Toodyay quarry was approved 6-2 last month, with Crs Ben Bell (East Ward) and Paula Greenway (West Ward) opposed.
Residents who oppose the Bailup quarry expansion have until Tuesday December 19 to send written submissions to the Shire of Mundaring.

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